Famous Black Theater Personalities

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 1 Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

Lupita Nyong'o is one of the most popular black actresses of all time. The first Kenyan-Mexican actress to receive the prestigious Academy Award, Lupita Nyong'o has often been named in lists, such as the world's most beautiful woman. In 2020, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of Africa's 50 Most Powerful Women.

 2 Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Jeffrey Wright is a popular American actor. A self-made man, Jeffrey Wright overcame many childhood problems, including the demise of his father, to become an award-winning actor. Jeffrey Wright serves as an inspiration to many black Americans. In 2011, he established a gold exploration company called Taia Lion Resources, which provided employment to several Americans.

 3 Ron Cephas Jones

Ron Cephas Jones.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States

 4 Lashana Lynch

Lashana Lynch.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hammersmith, London, England, UK
Lashana Lynch is best known for her roles of Rosaline Capulet in the series Still Star-Crossed and Maria Rambeau in the film Captain Marvel. She received the Laurence Olivier bursary in drama school. Lynch will be seen as Nomi in the upcoming James Bond film No Time to Die

 5 Yolanda King

Yolanda King.
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama
Died: May 15, 2007

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 6 Cress Williams

Cress Williams.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 26, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany

Cress Williams is an American actor known for his portrayal of Terrence Williams in the popular television series, Living Single. Williams struck a deal with DC Entertainment in 2018 to play Jefferson Pierce / Black Lightning in the TV series Black Lightning. He is expected to play the role in future DC Entertainment movies and series featuring Black Lightning.

 7 Glynn Turman

Glynn Turman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Glynn Turman is an American actor, filmmaker, and writer. In a career spanning over 60 years. Some of the notable characters that he has portrayed are: Lew Miles in the movie Peyton Place, Leroy Jackson in the film Cooley High, and Bradford Taylor in the sitcom A Different World. He has also won several awards like the NAACP Image Award.

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 8 Charles S Dutton

Charles S Dutton.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Charles S. Dutton is an American actor and filmmaker. He is best known for playing Boy Willie in the television film The Piano Lesson, for which he received nominations at Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. Interestingly, Dutton discovered his passion for acting in prison after he was jailed for manslaughter in 1967.

 9 Sharon Leal

Sharon Leal.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona
Sharon Leal is best known as Michelle Morris from Dreamgirls and as Dianne Brock from the Why Did I Get Married? franchise. Fans also loved her as Dahlia Crede in Guiding Light and as Marilyn Sudor in Boston Public. She has also been part of the Broadway rock musical Rent.

 10 Rochelle Aytes

Rochelle Aytes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York

Actress and model, Rochelle Aytes, gained international fame for her role in the  ABC drama series Mistresses. An alumnus of the State University of New York at Purchase College, she began her career soon after her graduation. After appearing in commercials for several popular brands, she made her acting debut. She has since acted in many films and TV shows.

 11 Shalita Grant

Shalita Grant.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

 12 Debra Wilson

Debra Wilson.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 26, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Ozone Park, New York, United States

 13 Robert Earl Jones

Robert Earl Jones.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 3, 1910
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tate County, Mississippi
Died: September 7, 2006

 14 Cont Mhlanga

Cont Mhlanga
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Famous As: Playwright
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwea